A West Virginia House committee passed a pro-life bill Tuesday to inform women about the abortion pill reversal procedure before she goes through with an abortion.
The Herald-Dispatch reports the Health and Human Resources Committee approved the Second Chance at Life Act (state House Bill 2982) in a 19-5 vote.
The pro-life bill would require abortion facilities to inform mothers that it may be possible to stop the effects of the abortion drug mifepristone and save her unborn baby’s life. Among the informed consent information that abortion facilities must provide to women, the bill would require that it include the abortionpillreversal.com website and toll-free hotline. The pro-life pregnancy resource organization Heartbeat International runs the hotline.
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During the hearing, state Del. Ken Reed, R-Berkeley, a pharmacist, defended the legislation against accusations from abortion activists and pro-abortion Democrats, The Inter-Mountain reports.
“So, the bill is basically an informed consent bill with the normal doctor-patient relationships involved, including the side effects, risks with any procedure, benefit-versus-risk ratio that I’m sure all these physicians are going to go through,” Reed said.
Nine other states have similar informed consent laws that include abortion pill reversal information, but several are blocked by legal challenges.
Though abortion activists try to discredit the abortion pill reversal procedure, research and medical experts indicate that it is safe and effective. Hundreds of unborn babies have been saved from abortions as a result of the procedure.
The American Association of Pro-life Obstetricians and Gynecologists supports it, and even a prestigious Yale School of Medicine doctor told the New York Times that the treatment “makes biological sense,” and he would recommend it to his own daughter.
As currently administered, a drug-induced, or chemical, abortion involves two drugs. The first, mifepristone, makes the uterus inhospitable to new life by blocking the hormone progesterone. One or two days later, the second drug, misoprostol, is taken to induce contractions and expel the unborn child. The reversal process can reverse the impact of the first drug by giving women high doses of progesterone. The procedure does not work after a woman takes the second drug.
Anyone who has taken the first abortion pill and wishes to stop the abortion is urged to immediately visit www.abortionpillreversal.com or call the Abortion Pill Reversal hotline at 877-558-0333.